With Premier League fixtures now coming thick and fast in the always congested month of December, the need to rotate players becomes essential for Chelsea.
Although stable and consistent team selection usually forms the bedrock for success, the physical demands of English football and the truncated rest periods between matches mean that it is not just serial lineup tweakers such Claudio Ranieri and Rafael Benitez that see the virtues of tinkering with the team.
Although having had his hand forced...
A frustrated Louis van Gaal said Manchester United cannot challenge for the Premier League title after he watched his side "drop two points" in a 1-1 draw away to Aston Villa on Saturday.
United entered the day hot on the heels of second-place Manchester City after a six-game winning streak brought them within four points of their local rivals, but City defeated Crystal Palace 3-0 in the day's early game to open a seven-point gap.
With leaders Chelsea also seven points ahead with a game...
Jose Mourinho says the only quadruple Chelsea are currently aiming for is to win all four of their games over the hectic Christmas schedule, starting away at Stoke City on Monday.
Only three teams in Premier League history have a 100 percent from the matches played over the festive period, and all have gone on to win the title.
Manchester City did so last season, as did Mourinho's own title-winning sides with Chelsea in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 campaigns.
And while the Blues have been tipped by some...